Emirates yesterday announced that they were launching daily service on a three class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft between Dubai – Denpasar (Bali) – Auckland on June 14, 2018.
Emirates already has daily direct flight between Dubai and Auckland and the airline also flies to Christchurch via Sydney (one stop from Dubai).
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Here’s the announcement from Emirates:
- New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland
- Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand
Dubai, 19 February 2018 – Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.
The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two existing daily services which are currently operated by a Boeing 777 300-ER in a two-class configuration.
Emirates’ new Dubai-Bali-Auckland flight will provide the only year-round non-stop daily service between Auckland and Bali, giving passengers an opportunity to visit and/or stop over in one of the most popular islands in Indonesia. The airline will operate a 777-300ER on the route, offering 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 20 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “We’re pleased to introduce additional capacity to serve the strong demand for travel to Bali, and to Auckland. We are confident that our year-round service between Auckland and Bali will be well received by our customers, not only in New Zealand and Indonesia, but also from our global network particularly from markets like the UK, Europe and the Middle East.”
With its spectacular mountains and picturesque beaches, Bali is considered to be a world leading tourist destination, welcoming more than 4.5 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2016, including over 40,500 New Zealanders. Emirates’ new service will add to Bali’s global connectivity, further stimulating the island’s economic and tourism growth.
Flight details and connections to Emirates’ global network and beyond
Apart from the opportunity for a stopover in Bali, the new service will provide excellent connections to/from London and other major European cities. The southbound flight, EK 450, will depart Dubai at 06:55, arriving at Denpasar (Bali) at 20:20 local time, before flying on to Auckland at 22:00, arriving in New Zealand’s biggest city at 10:00, the following day
Northbound, the new service will depart Auckland as flight EK 451 at the convenient time of 12:40, arriving in Denpasar at 17:55 local time. It will depart Denpasar at 19:50, arriving in Dubai just after midnight at 00:45, connecting to flights to many of the points beyond on the extensive Emirates and flydubai partnership network.
Interesting fifth freedom route from Emirates that would allow passengers traveling between Auckland and the airline’s global network to have a stopover in Bali (as long as the fare rules allow).
They must rely heavily on connecting traffic or believe that the service will increase the traffic between Bali and Auckland because if they will capture the entire New Zealand – Bali traffic (per their press release) that would be enough to fill one third of the plane.